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Art club leads repainting of murals

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Senior Kyra Dahlman works on a mural that adorns the walls of the art hallway. She is touching up the bath house from the movie “Spirited Away” created by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki.

After nearly 50 hours of work from Art Club and the Studio Art class, the makeover is more than halfway complete By Mike Guevarra Hawkeye staff

The walls of the art hallway that have been adorned by student murals for 23 years are in the journey of being repainted by the newly revived Art Club. At the head of this large scale project is the Art Club’s president, senior Louis Mouton, and Art Club’s supervisor art teacher Tim Cashman. Over the past couple decades, the vast collection of

murals in the art hallway painted by former students have grown old, losing connection to today’s students who walk through the art hallway from class to class. “Murals have a five- to 10-year life span due to currentness and connection to people,” Cashman said. Aside from this, the murals became defaced and tarnished over time, suffering injuries ranging from small writings to large holes in its walls. “The administration was asking why people were defacing the walls,” Cashman said. From these problems, repainting

of the art hallway was strongly considered. Mouton, one of Cashman’s art students, learned of this along with other art students toward the end of first semester. It was at that time that the idea of reintroducing the MTHS Art Club came into play. “Art Club was re-invented for the murals,” Mouton explained. From its rise from the grave, Art Club stepped up to face the epic task of repainting the walls of the art hallway. Continued on page 10

Students take pilot tests in English and mathematics By Alyssa Vallester Hawkeye staff

The Smarter Balanced Assessment, a new state test, was piloted on April 9 by the Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction. It is aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and includes both summative and optional interim assessments for instructional use. “I thought [the test] was easy, meaning everything was pretty straight forward and the tools they gave you to use were very helpful. I liked the program,” junior Kelsi Lucier said. Students  used computer adaptive testing (CAT) technologies to generate data that teachers and other educators can use  to

help students succeed. “I like the test on the computer much more than the tests in the booklets. It’s easier and more put together. I feel like no one can cheat and I don’t have to use a pencil. Typing is way faster,” Lucier said. Ninth graders were tested in English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy), which started at 7:20 a.m.; while juniors were tested in mathematics, which started at 8:20 a.m. At the same time, tenth graders took the PLAN test, a pre-test for the ACT, in the Theater. Seniors came to school that

morning if they needed additional help and support with their culminating projects. There were different opinions among students about whether the tests were a productive use of their time. Some students decided to not take part in the pilot test, while others simply could not take it because of log-in problems on the computers. “It was pointless to me because we weren’t even getting graded for it and was a waste of knowledge and energy,” freshman Kimberly Yen said. Optional interim assessments are admin-

istered at locally determined intervals and will provide educators with actionable information about student progress throughout the year. A summative assessment is administered during the last 12 weeks of the school year. Both tests will consist of two parts: a computer adaptive test and performance tasks that are taken on a computer, but are not computer adaptive. These tests include extended response and technology enhanced items, while performance tasks allow students to demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Continued on page 2

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News Briefs

By AnhViet Nguyen Graphics by Kyra Dahlman Hawkeye staff

Letters About Literature honorees Six MTHS sophomores were honored in this year’s Letters About Literature contest, sponsored by the Washington State Library and Library of Congress. The contest encourages students to write letters to their favorite authors, living or dead. Cassandra Cariker, Blake Christianson, British Fort, Rachel Olson, Lillian Simpson and Sydella Yonker were honored as state finalists in the level three contest open to students in grades 9-10. Christianson wrote to Orson Scott Card, author of “Ender’s Game.” He said, “When I was writing to the author, I basically relating the main character, Ender, to my life, digging through his emotional and physical troubles and realizing how much I have in common with him.” Nearly 100 schools sent entries this year in the contest that ran from September to January. Students wrote about the literary work influenced their perspective of the world or themselves. “I came to realize that everyone goes through these types of struggles and the only way to get by them is through facing your fears and staying confident,” Christianson said.

New club wins multiple awards Students from 29 high schools from around the state gathered in Bellevue from March 28-30 for the Washington Technology Student Association’s (WTSA) state conference. Out of the 321 participants, 11 MTHS freshmen attended and participated in the competitions. The Technology Students of America (TSA) members took home a total of five state championships and nine top-five finalists. In the career preparation contest, Haeley Johnston and AsiaLee Donnelly took first and second place, respectively. In the essays on technology contest, Paxtyn Merten took first place. In the dragster design contest, Thiem took first place. TSA also performed well in the team competitions. Johnston and Donnelly teamed up for the technology problem solving contest, where they took home first place. In a production team contest, Johnston and Joey Owens took third place. In the structural engineering team contest, Jonathan Thiem and Connor Ebright took first place. In the technical sketching and application contest, Emmarie Moore and Thiem took second and third place, respectively.

Pilot testing day receives mixed reactions from students and staff Continued from front page

“My classroom only had about five students in it, and I talked to a lot of people and they said that they weren’t going to take the test,” Lucier said. Along with the new state tests in April, the Common Course Standards for English, math, science and social studies classes will be debuted. “They are basically a common set of standards that teachers will use in those classes to make sure that their students are getting a really good foundation and the ability to read, write and think. The goal is to create consistent learning opportunities for students using the common set of standards that all the teachers are using,” Principal Greg Schwab said. Students are still skeptical whether or not additional measurements of academic standards are necessary. “Does this mean [teachers] will not get off topic in any way and explore an area that the students have questions in?” Lucier curiously asked. “I think it’s okay if it’s being graded in a way of actually using our knowledge to pass,” Yen added.

Seattle rapper Macklemore performs in front of 15,000 students at the conclusion of We Day at the Key Arena on March 27.

We Day makes history Story and Photos by Nick Fiorillo the425 Editor

Nearly 30 MTHS students were among 15,000 young people who gathered at Key Arena for We Day Seattle. We Day, presented by Free the Children, is a movement, started in Canada, with the intention of inspiring young people to do great things in terms of community service and helping others. The event on March 27 featured many performances and speakers from all around the world. Athletes, actors, singers, activists and people with incredible stories to share all gathered to inspire youth from the Pacific Northwest on how they can make a difference. The lineup of speakers included NBA legend Magic Johnson, actor Martin Sheen, singer Jennifer Hudson, local Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson high fives a student at We Day. rapper Macklemore, Seattle Seahawks players Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, John Moffitt Keating recalled the high spirit of the event. and Russell Okung, Youtube sensation Kid President, “The energy in the arena was incredible,” she said. singer Nelly Furtado, Wash. Governor Jay Inslee, rapStudents from ASB, Interhigh and Link Crew applied per MC Hammer and many more. to attend. Students say We Day was a day they would never One of the attendees, junior Tauren Kure said, “I feel forget. so blessed to have gone.” Senior Erin Keating said, “I thought We Day was The event focused on many acts of charity and incredmagnificent. There’s no other experience like it.” ible works by young people from around the area. The energy was high all the way throughout the “Seeing teens from all over who have made a differevent. Attendees went particularly wild when surprise ence in their community come together for a day was performer Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took the stage. awesome,” Kure said. The Seattle-based group performed hit songs “Thrift This We Day was the first in the U.S. Founders of Free Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” for over 15,000 screaming the Children Marc and Craig Kielburger announced students. the next We Day to be this fall in Minnesota.

MTHS again named a “Mix It Up Model School”

Civil rights group recognizes Terrace for the second consecutive year By Will Khadivi News Co-Editor

For the second year in a row, MTHS was named a “Mix It Up Model School” by the Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). MTHS is among 63 schools nationwide to receive the title that recognizes “exemplary efforts to foster respect and understanding among students and throughout [the] campus during the 2012-13 school year.” “Mix It Up is an important part of our work to support the goals of the program, but it is certainly not the only work we are doing,” Principal Greg Schwab said. “Gay-Straight Alliance, Black Student Union, Colores Unidos, LINK Crew, Project Unify- all of these groups are vital and important in support our goal of becoming an inclusive school.” According to the SPLC website, schools nationwide were welcomed to apply and schools only received

the title of a Mix It Up Model School if they met the criteria of hosting at least one Mix It Up Day at lunch in 2012. Subsequently, a school must have also had “at least two additional programs or events on campus that sustained the spirit of Mix It Up.” Additionally, a school must have included different members of the school communities in the event, they must have publicized it well and think that the events were an overall success. For the last two years, the Mix It Up Club at MTHS has put on events at lunch aimed at making MTHS a more inclusive place. During a Mix It Up event, students are encouraged to sit with a different group of people and participate in lunchtime activities. “I think we are a tolerant school for sure, but I am not under the illusion that we are perfect,” Schwab added. “We still have work we need to do each day to make our school a better place. There are students who still feel a lack of connection to our school.”

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TSA allows knives on planes n April 25, the Transporting Security Administration (TSA) will begin allowing travelers carry small knives on planes. Blades will have to be shorter than 6 cm and a width less than half an inch. TSA will also permit sports equipment such as billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, two golf clubs, Luke Thurber souvenir/novelty items, Hawkeye staff and toy baseball bats with them on board planes. This will be the first time since the 9/11 terror attacks that knives will be allowed on planes, which has obviously sparked some protest. Don’t worry though, you still can’t bring swords, firearms and military grade plastic explosive. TSA is relaxing the rules on small knives because they say that they need to “focus on higher threats items such as explosives.” Knives are a threat, but it will be much harder for one man with a knife to bring a plane down, rather than a man with four pounds of C4 stuffed into his carry on. TSA also believes that due to the size of said knives, it is “unlikely to result in catastrophic destruction of an aircraft.” Mainly because a pocket knife won’t even cut through plywood, and also because cockpit doors are incredibly secure. Also, air marshals and crew members have some self-defense training. If someone manages to takeover a plane with a swiss army knife, then I fear for America’s ability to protect itself at all. TSA with this new change will help align itself with international standards. This new change is great because many Americans already carry small knives, and it will dramatically speed up airport lines. How many times has the line been held up because someone forgot to check their pocket knife


with the rest of their luggage? After about thirty minutes of backup, while they pat him down for assault rifles, bombs and other threats such as “terrifying” pocket knives, you start to question the validity of the panic. No longer will TSA officers have to confiscate the hundreds of thousands of knives they see each year anymore. With about 2000 knives confiscated every day, and 1.7 million people going through the 455 airports across the country, it will speed up lines for a small risk. This change will bring us more up to date with the international standards making it more convenient for international travelers. Some flight attendances say that it will be more risky for them if the passengers are allowed to have knives. They believe that it is a slippery slope and that once we start letting knives on planes what will be next, guns? These are valid points, but the issue has been carefully thought through by the TSA. The knives allowed on planes are small. Even with little or no self-defense training, one could easily defend oneself from a hypothetical attack. Let’s be realistic, to kill someone with a pocket knife takes real skill. As for the fear of letting guns on planes, the TSA is not that stupid. Though they make airports horrible, they wouldn’t be doing their job if they let firearms on planes. With the current scrutiny guns are under now anyway, it would be organizational suicide to allow guns on aircraft. Allowing knives on planes is not a start to have no airport security in America, only a smarter security. America’s TSA has one of the most restrictive policies about things you can carry on. Relaxing the restrictions on knives of this size on planes would just be helping everyone want to commit suicide less while using airline security.

Kyra Dahlman | Hawkeye

Hawkeye Staff Editorial

State tests need some more prep-work

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he state piloted a new test on April 9, where students used computers to take the test. The freshmen were tested in language arts and the junior class was tested in math. Sophomores took the PLAN, a pre-ACT test, in the theater, while the seniors were able to sleep in. We already take enough state tests, and the graduation requirements change every year for each grade level. We know this is an assessment to provide teachers information about their students’ progress, but not making it a mandatory test only makes students not give any effort forth. Also, out of all the schools in the state, MTHS was one of the schools that were randomly selected. During the testing, there were also some problems with the lap-tops shutting down, and not having enough batteries. The questions were all different for each test taker, and the numbers of questions were also varied, which gave some students less time than others. This also made the students who finished theirs early just wait until everyone else was finished. Some of the students were also unable to login. Also, all of those that were unable to login had a last name that started with the letter A, which is a very weird and unorganized system. Due to these flaws and uncertainty about the amount of time needed to pilot the test, classes that day were just 15 minutes long, which wasn’t hardly enough time to do anything productive. This time wasn’t worth the teachers’ or the students’ time. First period was 10 minutes longer than other periods, and that didn’t give teachers the same plan for all their classes. Next time, maybe the state should let students and schools know about it efficiently and ahead of time because some students didn’t even know about the testing schedules until the day before. By then, those students had already mentally decided to stay home and just sleep. By earning an extra two hours of shuteye, they were probably the only students at MTHS who were actually productive and learned something from the 15 minute classes. So next time, it would be great if our state’s education leaders were a little more prepared – kind of like how they expect students to be – for these tests.

The staff editorial represents the views of the Editorial Board

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A word from your ASB officers

The Principal’s corner

Confidence is the key

Together we stand H

ello Mountlake Terrace, my name is on June 13. I know that many people from Taron Castleton. I’m going to be your the class of 2013 have impacted my life and new Public Relations Officer. Although it’s inspired me to be a better student leader. going to be hard The whole school looks up to our seniors to fill the expec- and it’s going to be hard to say goodbye tation Lilianne to them. They’re our heroes. Not everyNguyen left one will have an opportunity to witness behind, I plan Graduation, but if you can go I strongly on trying my encourage you to do so. This is one of the best for those last events that they can share with us as who will read Mountlake Terrace students, which mean Taron Castleton my column. you should come and support them. ASB Public Relations Officer Speaking of Grad night is going to be fun, but there Lilianne, did you hear that she is our new are plenty of other interesting things hapASB president? It is an pening at Terrace right now “By working incredible responsibility as well. This includes the art together, we can and I believe in her 100 hallway being painted. I just make this a more percent along with all of want to give a quick shout united school.” the other new big six offiout to the Art Club memcers; Vice President Sydney bers because it is looking White, Secretary Liya awesome. The best drawings Ewing, Treasurer Aysha Raza, Historian I can make are stick figures, whereas the Peter Kidane and myself as your PR. The whole club has some serious talent. If you old big six has set the bar high and we plan get the chance you should definitely check on setting it even higher. it out. We’ve begun planning the spring sports Lastly, I’d like to thank everyone from assembly and the outcomes are looking Terrace, whether you’re into art, on the pretty good. It’s going to take place April robotics team, or whatever else you do for 17, and I want everyone to go all out. It’s our school, you make it a better place. You our last spirit assembly of the year and the voted me for PR and I won’t let you down. last spirit assembly ever for our seniors, If you want me to announce something for which means you need to deck out in your you or recognize someone please let me class colors. It’s going to be an all-around know. fun experience, including videos of your By working together, we can make this a favorite Terrace sports and plenty of games more united school. to look forward to. NOTE: Hawkeye provides ASB space each Another very big event for our seniors issue in the Opinion section as part of our that’s coming up is our senior graduation mission as a designated open public forum.


Holly Dow freshman

“It’s okay because it takes marijuana off the streets and drug dealers will like selling legally.”

» Do you really know how marijuanna effects you? Does anyone? Is it dangerous to drive after smoking marijuana? Find out more »p5


have been reflecting a lot on the topdence in yourself to be able to let others’ ics of my columns this year and have poor treatment of you bounce off and really been focusing on the issue of how not affect you. However, that is part of we treat one the work we all need to do as people. another. My Sadly, as much as we’d like to live in main goal a world where poor treatment of oththis year ers didn’t exist, that is probably never has been to going to be the case. This doesn’t mean emphasize we shouldn’t work at it. It means that, that it is up on some level, we need to develop inner to each of us strength and confidence to withstand Greg Schwab MTHS Principal to take an those times when we are faced with poor active role in treatment from others. If only we could treating one another recognize that poor with kindness, respect treatment from oth“How we feel about and compassion. As we ers is often less about ourselves and the strive to create a school being inferior, and if responsibility we where everyone can feel only we could grow in have as individuals welcome and accepted our own confidence, to not only value one for who they are, it we could better handle another, but also to takes effort on all of those who seek to value ourselves and be our parts to make this make us feel poorly by confident in who we vision become a reality. belittling us. are as individuals.” Something I haven’t I realize this is a hard really written much thing to do—at 49 about is how we feel about ourselves and years old, I still have my moments where the responsibility we have as individuals I lack confidence. to not only value one another, but also But I also know that I can handle to value ourselves and be confident in things that come at me in a negative who we are as individuals. way. Recently, I came across a quote attribI hope this is something we can all uted to Eleanor Roosevelt—“No one can learn to do so that we never allow somemake you feel inferior without your con- one else to make us feel inferior. sent.” The idea here is that we can only feel belittled by others if we don’t value NOTE: Hawkeye provides the school who we are as individuals. administration space each issue in the This is pretty advanced thinking. It Opinion section as part of our mission as can be really hard to have enough confia designated open public forum.

Q: How do you feel about marijuana being sold legally in Mountlake Terrace?

James Poelllinger sophomore

“It is ruining people’s lives and you shouldn’t do it. ”

John Traxler science teacher

“I hate it, I think that it’s a terrible idea.”

Senaiet Zerom junior

“I don’t really care that much because it doesn’t ever affect me in any way.”

Louis Mouton senior

“We can make a lot of tax money off of it, so I support it.”

Let your voice be heard. How do you feel about marijuana being sold in Mountlake Terrace?

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Risks of driving high may be greater than you think

Studies have shown that there are risks to driving under the influence of marijuana By Olivia Driscoll Health editor

There is more than just one way to consume marijuana. Some users smoke it out of a pipe, bong or water pipe. Another common way is ingesting it through food it was cooked in. No matter how it is used someone who is under the influence of marijuana is still effected in a way that could impact driving abilities. A study done

Teens are often warned not to drink and drive, but something that is far less stressed to young drivers is the danger of driving under the influence of marijuana. In a study by Monitoring the Future (MTF), it was found that one in 12 high school seniors reported that they had driven after smoking marijuana. When students at Mountlake Terrace High School were asked if they knew anyone who had driven under the influence of marijuana, the majority said yes. With the results being this high it’s important for drivers and passengers to be aware of all the risks and effects that are caused when a person chooses to smoke marijuana before driving. It is more difficult to know the effects that marijuana has on driving because there haven’t been nearly as many studies as there have been with the effects of alcohol and driving. Another factor which determines if it’s safe to drive or not is the legal limit for a set amount allowed in the system. For alcohol, there is a legal limit for minors of .02 by the British Medical blood alcohol content (BAC) and .08 BAC for adults, no Journal found that peosuch limit exists for the amount of marijuana a person can ple who drive within three consume before driving. hours of using marijuana are With marijuana recently being legaltwo times as ized, there has been a legal limit set. It likely to get in “Yes it’s dangerous is illegal to drive with a level above five an automobile to drive under nanograms per milliliter of tetrahydroaccident comthe influence of cannabinol (THC), the active chemical in pared to those marijuana because marijuana. who are sober. if could affect your If a driver has a THC level above five Howe ver, reaction time behind nanograms, they will face the same cona controlled the wheel.” viction as if they were under the influence tria l by Connor Bruce of alcohol or other drugs. Connecticut’s Junior There are many effects of marijuana that Hartford could impact driving such as paranoia, Hospita l distorted sense of time, distance, space and sights. The and the University of Iowa effects also differ for each user, though the effects of mari- showed that people who had juana typically last between four and six hours. used marijuana within 30

Marijuana and driving by the numbers 10,478 Teen drivers involved in car accidents involving drugs other than alcohol – marijuana being the main drug

10.5 million People who have driven under the influence of illicit drugs

3,953 Fatally injured drivers tested positive for drug involvement

36 percent Teens who think it’s all right to drive under the influence of marijuana

80 percent Amount of teens who have tried marijuana

Statistics gathered from,, National Institute on Drug Abuse

minutes of driving did not perform or react much differently before they had used the drug. When asked if they thought it was dangerous to drive under the influence of marijuana, freshman Taylor Rash said, “I do think it’s dangerous to drive under the influence of marijuana just because the people I have seen under the influence don’t focus as much and don’t notice the little things around them.” Junior Hunter Mitchell responded to the same question, “No. I do not think it’s dangerous to drive under the influence of marijuana.” If a person chooses to drive, or be a passenger to someone under the influence of marijuana it is important to remember that this choice is putting your life and others at risk. Driving while high can have serious safety and legal repercussions that are easily avoidable. If someone makes the decision to use marijuana, they should wait until the effects have completely worn off before getting behind the wheel. Being in a car with Erika Fisher | H a driver who is still high is never the only option. awkeye

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Force feeding tu to teenage waste

Guidelines set by the National School Lunch Program require students to take certain types of foods. However, much of the required food is going straight to the trash can.

Poll: Have you thrown away food that you were forced to take, but didn’t want?

57% 43% Yes


By Nick Fiorillo and AnhViet Nguyen Graphics by Erika Fisher Hawkeye staff

School lunch has always come with bad reputation. Cafeteria food has bee portrayed by the media as includin everything from ‘mystery meat’ to lump milk. At MTHS, many students think overa the school food is at a fairly high qua ity. What many students are not please about are the policies that require stu dents to take certain types of food wit them whether they want it or not. Under the new school lunch guideline created by the Obama administration schools have to require certain things t be placed on those famous trays. “There are five components that th lunch is made up of,” MTHS cashie Renee Pierce said. “For the food services to get reimburse [by the federal government], the student have to pick three out of the five compo nents for it to be considered a reimburs able meal,” Pierce said. These five components are a protei (meat or meat substitute), bread or grain a fruit, a vegetable, and milk. “It has to be a combination of three o the five different things,” Pierce said. Each component included has to be full serving of the item, according to se serving sizes for appropriate age groups. Many students dislike these policies Students are required to have at leas three components, regardless of if the are planning to eat them or not. Unfortunately, many students still en up throwing away food that they wer required to take. In a poll conducted by the Hawkeye nearly 57 percent of students admitted t throwing away food they were forced t

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take, but did not want. Pierce, calling these actions “wasteful,” said that there are alternatives to just throwing away the food that students are required to take. “There’s a metal cart where kids could put the things they don’t want. And then someone who maybe can’t afford to pay for something [would be able] to take it,” Pierce said. Many students at MTHS rely on school meals as a main source of nutrition. During the 2011-2012 school year, 30.3 percent of the student body or 371 students were on free or reduced lunch. That percentage is far greater than the 14.6 percent of the student body on free or reduced lunch in the 2000-2001 school year. “I eat school lunches about every day. I personally don’t like school lunches anymore. I feel like the quality of the food isn’t as good as it used to be, but maybe that’s just because I’ve eaten school lunches for 13 years,” senior Tin Ho said. Over the past few years, school lunches have seen a price increase in order to subsidize rising costs of food service. This has resulted in some students bringing their own homemade lunches. Homemade lunches give students the choice of selecting the food that they want to eat, rather than food that is required by the school lunch program. While governmental budgets are continually being pinched, school lunches deserve to be revitalized. Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but lunch, especially school lunches, are equally important. Although students might not want everything they must put on their trays, the trash isn’t where it has to end up.

“I feel like the quality of the food isn’t as good as it used to be, but maybe that’s just because I’ve eaten school lunches for 13 years.” Tin Ho Senior

You must always take three out of these five food options 1. Fruit 2. Vegetable 3. Bread or Grain 4. Meat or meat substitute 5. Milk

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Rising drug abuse leads to more crime By Paxtyn Merten Hawkeye staff

By Nick Fiorillo the425 Editor

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With the passing of Initiative 502, Mountlake Terrace and cities all across Washington could expect a brand new kind of store to open up: a store that sells marijuana. Tasked with creating the guidelines for how marijuana will be produced, processed and sold, the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) is in the beginning phases of drafting the policies for the implementation of I-502. The WSLCB has outlined a schedule which some are describing as optimistic. This “tentative” schedule says that Dec. 1 of this year “retailer licenses become effective.” or a marijuanaCommunity and Economic Development Director for the infused prodCity of Mountlake Terrace Shane Hope said, “I think it will uct, or consume take more time.” marijuana, useHope said she thinks it will end up being “midway of 2014,” able marijuana, before marijuana retail stores are up and running. or a marijuanaUnder the I-502, retail locations for marijuana sale cannot infused prodbe located within 1000 feet of any school, park, transit cen- uct, in view of ter, playground, recreational center or arcade. This guideline the general public.” puts extreme limitations on where marijuana can be sold in Like the way MTPD handles drinking alcohol in public, Mountlake Terrace. Hansen said, “An infraction will be issued and the offender After city officials drafted a map of possible retail mari- may be required to hand over the marijuana for destruction.” juana locations, taking into account the 1000 feet separation The WSLCB estimates that marijuana would be sold for requirement and the city zoning code, Hope found that, retail purposes at an average of $12 per gram. However, high “there’s only a few places where it could be allowed.” tax rates will raise prices significantly. Hope noted three main possible areas. Marijuana sale could generate big bucks for the state,. The map showed, “a very small area off of With a 25 percent tax on each level of “I think it will be 44th [Ave. W], the light industrial office park marijuana (from producer to processer, midway of 2014 area in the far northwestern portion of the processer to a retailer and retailer to a [before marijuana can city, and then a little bit in the south portion customer), the state estimates marijuana be sold in Mountlake of the city.” sale could generate as much as $2 billion Terrace].” “Of course, we don’t know whether there in the first five years of sale, according to may be some other regulations that get adoptthe WSLCB. Shane Hope City of MLT Community and Economic ed that limit it even further,” Hope said. Currently, all of this will go directly development Director Hope stressed that the city can’t begin to to the state. The city is not expected to create their own guidelines until they know receive any funds from I-502 taxes. what the WSLCB will require, which is only in the drafting Hope said, “We don’t know if it’s even possible for the city process. to require some percentage of sales.” The law allows persons who are the age of 21 or older to posWith so much unknown and so much to still be decided, sess one ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana in solid Hope said that the city cannot quite begin to draft its policies form or 72 ounces in liquid form. and codes regarding marijuana sale. Also, the law makes it clear that marijuana or marijuanaHowever, public opinion will be requested by the city. infused products cannot be consumed “in view of the general “We do want to get input on it once we get to look at regupublic,” according to the WSLCB. lations when we know a little bit more about what the state Mountlake Terrace Police Dept. (MTPD) Commander is proposing,” Hope said.“Once we’re there we really want Doug Hansen said, “Under I-502 it is a class 3 civil infraction public input,” she said. to open a package containing marijuana, useable marijuana,

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This map, created by the MLT Community and Economic Development Dept., shows 1000 feet zones around every school, park, transit center, playground, recreational center, or arcade. However, there could be potentialy be more restrictions that limit this area further.

In Mountlake Terrace, as with the rest of the nation, more and more people are turning to drugs. Commander Don Duncan of the Mountlake Terrace Police Department (MTPD) said this drug abuse is resulting in more crime, both property and violent. As reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), illicit drug use is on the rise in nearly every city and state in America. Before Initiative 502, the most commonly abused drug in the MLT area was marijuana. Since the initiative passed, marijuana is now considered a legal drug in Washington. However, the use of heroin, a dangerous and very addictive narcotic, is increasing. According to Duncan, heroin is currently the most popular illegal drug in the area. Duncan stated that, “People are abusing the privilege of marijuana being legal, but there’s no data to prove that people are abusing it more.” Certain violent and property crimes are in result of people abusing drugs, according to Duncan. “A significant portion of crime is in some way attributed to drug use and abuse,” Duncan said. These violent crimes, such as assault, occur because of the way drugs affect a person’s mind. Duncan revealed that drug users often commit property crimes such as burglary in order to feed their addictions. This is especially true for more serious drugs. Few people are committing crimes to feed their marijuana addiction. Commonly, young people start using marijuana and may gradually progress to harder drugs, such as heroin. This causes the age range of people using drugs to be very spread out. Take marijuana out of the equation and the highest percentage of people abusing drugs is from ages 18-35. “It’s not just your teenagers, it’s on from there. And the younger you start using drugs, the longer you’re likely to abuse them,” Duncan revealed. “As drugs continue to grow more prevalent in our community, the age range of people abusing them will expand as well,” he said. “The increasing prevalence of drug use is deteriorating our society,” Duncan affirmed. In addition to the crimes that drug users tack onto the total crime in the community, they prove to be dangerous drivers while under the influence. The NIDA divulged that 34 percent of people involved in vehicle collisions tested positive for drugs, and another 10 percent There tested positive for both drugs are an and alcohol. estimated Duncan said that addicts are 2 million also a burden on the commuheroin nity and law system. The police users in continuously must prosecute the United and hold them, and then the States, community must support them according once they’re in drug treatto the CIA. ment. Duncan reported that this results in high costs for the police. Even though drugs have a serious impact on the community, Duncan stated that drugs have the most severe impact on the individuals involved. “Users harm themselves the most by the toll the drugs take on them physically, mentally and emotionally,” Duncan affirmed. In turn, the drug use also hurts a user’s family, who has to see him or her go through addiction with little to no power over what the user decides to do. Then the harm turns back to the community, in a vicious cycle of abuse, crime, arrest and pain all around. To anyone dealing with drug problems, Duncan suggested to, “Stop, get help, get treatment, talk to your family if you are able. Do whatever necessary to get off that drug. You will not become anything that you want to become while on drugs.”

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Faces of the425: the Enforcers

Members of MTPD speak out about their jobs, personal lives and hidden talents

Compiled by Paxtyn Merten Graphics by Max Lkhagvasuren Hawkeye staff

Doug Hansen

MTPD Commander

Why did you decide to become a police officer?

What is your favorite part of your job?

Mike Haynes

MTPD Detective Sargent

My friend was a MTPD officer. I I had some people in my life that rode around with him one day, and were police officers and I viewed seeing my friend interacting kind them as role models and looked up of re-energized that public service to them and respected them. Also, I aspect of what I wanted to do. like to catch bad guys.

Helping people is definitely the most positive aspect of my job.

The thing that I enjoy the most is just that sense of a job well done. I think the camaraderie that we have among the officers is also very important to me.

I wanted to be rich. I wanted to I used to think I was going to be a When you were a kid, be the playboy that had millions of fireman, primarily because my dad what did you want to be when you grew dollars and no responsibility. But was a fireman. up? that isn’t reality.

Michael Hoeth

How has your life changed since you joined the police force?

What is your secret talent?

I don’t know if it’s really a secret, My creativity. I can be fairly artisbut photography is my talent. I tic, and not too many people know don’t make it a secret. that about me.

I didn’t want to sit behind a desk. I wanted to do something outside, help people. I figured the best way to do that was to do something public.

Citizens of Mountlake Terrace will again decide the fate of Proposition 1, to build a new civic campus, on April 23. This is the third time Proposition 1 has been brought to the ballot. Currently, the city of MLT is renting the interim city hall. However, funding for the rent is set to run out beginning in 2014. Proposition 1 would pass a $25 million bond measure to construct a new civic center and would improve facilities such as the police station. The city predicts the total cost to be $43 million dollars, paid off in the year 2063. The city said this would make MLT property owners’ taxes raise by an average of $10.13 per month after the first few years. Opponents of Proposition 1 claim that the city is using faulty math to misrepresent the facts. In a letter to the editor sent to MLTnews. com, Proposition 1 Leonard French wrote, “The campaign for the Civic Center Campus has been an unending series of distortions since the 2008 decision matrix used to formulate reasonable alternatives left off obvious choices.” French cites multiple cases where, according to his own personal calculations, he came up with costs much different from what the city’s team came up with. If Proposition 1 fails again the city is expecting two options to work as less attractive backup plans. The first is to pass a property tax levy. The other would be to cut into the city’s budget to pay for rent costs. The city makes the case that Proposition 1 will end up being much more economically beneficial to citizens than continuing to rent. If instead voters passed a property tax

levy to provide funding for renting the interim city hall, the city estimates it would cost $18 million more by the time Proposition 1 is paid off. The YES campaign has a strong online and social media presence, and this time around, it has lots of signs up for display. The “We love MLT” slogan and the “Yes for progress” slogan have been used to rally support for the civic center as community development. Dustin Dekoekoek of the YES Campaign said, “This new construction in downtown MLT will continue to revitalize the neighborhood and give residents and visitors a reason stay downtown, rather than just driving by empty storefronts.” The civic center problem is not just economic. Many city facilities are in desperate need of renovations and improvements. Take for example the MLT Police Department (MTPD) building. The building has been outgrown by the growing police force. With offices being stuck in places such as closets and even holding cells, there is already not enough space. MTPD officials said that the small, cramped facility results in privacy and safety issues. Dekoekoek said, “The Police Station remodel will be safer for residents and our police and our officers will be able to spend more time protecting our community rather than dealing with the inefficiencies of an outdated and undersized facility.” Citizens are encouraged to take a tour of the police department to see firsthand the effects of poor facilities. The Hawkeye will continue to follow the civic center issue until Election Day and beyond. Check for more on Terrace’s number one issue.

I wanted to do something that was different every day, something that was challenging every day.

Talking to people who are actually The camaraderie and the quality perceptive. Helping people and actu- of the people that I work with every ally seeing the rewards of them taking day. As a patrol officer and detective, the help and improving themselves. I think that my favorite thing was making order out of chaos. I wanted to be an accountant. That’s what my dad was, so I was following in my dad’s footsteps for a long time.

Math. I’m very good at math and I like math.

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MTPD Assistant Chief of Police

I’ve come to understand that how much effort I put into things I’ve become a lot wearier of my surdirectly reflects the end result and roundings. I’m not as open. I keep my that my actions directly affect other personal life very personal. people personally and how they are able to live their lives on a day to day basis.

My children believe that I was overprotective as a father, but I think that’s due in part to the things we see out here.

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A lawyer.

It changes your personality, not always for the better. If you’re going to be successful, you grow into it and learn to leave the job at work.

I am an amazingly gifted writer. In fact, I used to be a newspaper reporter.


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Working with PTSA and administration around the beginning of second semester, approval was granted and funding for art supplies was kindly funded by the PTSA. From there, Art Club appreciatively got the project off the ground. “The project began halfway into third quarter, when people got serious,” said Cashman. “They grouped themselves together, and started looking at the walls and seeing what they wanted to do.” To prepare for painting the walls of the art hallway, the club broke up into collaborative groups and found inspiration of what to put on the walls.. “It’s basically contemporary stuff,” said Mouton. “We’re basically keeping the spirit of the old stuff, but painting murals our generation can connect with.” Remaking of the murals has gained momentum as it has progressed; with new ideas and talented students joining the Art Club’s ranks as the project continues. And many are attentively committed to the painting of the art hallway. Just over spring break, a large handful of students came into the hallway almost every day to work on the walls. Cashman described the project as having “its own ebb and flow, and ups and downs.” Determination and artistic creativity are attributes all of those working in the art hallway have, and continue to grow their skills as they learn from one another and let out inspiration through their painting. Mouton said to his fellow MTHS peers, “It’s still growing, and is still as much your project as it is mine.” “In a perfect world we would be done in May, but it might continue to June,” said Cashman. For both Cashman and Mouton, the new mural’s that are made will be sentimental to them. Mouton, who is graduating this year from MTHS, will be using the murals as his senior project. Cashman has decided to enter retirement soon after the school year ends. The murals created by Mouton, Cashman, and the rest of Art Club will justly represent this generation, and shall be looked upon and enjoyed by the students of MTHS; past, present, and future.

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Upcoming showcase guaranteed to be a showstopper By Sereena Gee and Alyssa Vallester Hawkeye staff

The theater is set to light up with a night full of acting, singing and dancing at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26. Expect to witness a selection of musical pieces from different shows with most company numbers choreographed by Darlene Culp, a former dance teacher at MTHS, along with some advanced drama students and a piece reproduced by drama instructor Jeannie Brzovic. A few musical numbers listed include: “Steam Heat,” from “The Pajama Game;” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” from “Anything Goes;” “Seize The Day” from “Newsies;” and a few songs from movie series, such as: “We’re All In This Together” from “High School Musical;” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat” and “Welcome to the ’60s” from “Hairspray.” Brzovic directs the showcase and rehearsals usually last from 2:45 p.m until 4 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and begin

“The kids who have solo pieces and duets with a typical routine of warm-ups. There were rehearsals during spring break, added have to actually audition prepared piecrehearsals this week, and a full week of es, so they’re already ahead of the game because they’ve practice called “Hell already prepared Week” leading to the “I’m pretty impressed with the it for the audiFriday performance kids because we’ll work on a tions. Everything is next week. choreography piece, then they going smoothly. It’s “I’m pret t y meet after school and at lunch to going to be a great impressed with the work on it and perfect it, so the show. I’m excited,” kids because we’ll next time we come to rehearsal, Brzovic added. work on a choreogwe’re able to move forward, Ensemble audiraphy piece, then which is just so awesome.” tion consists of they meet after Jeannie Brzovic learning the choreschool and at lunch Drama director ography taught by to work on it and Culp and performperfect it, so the next time we come ing in groups to be to rehearsal, we’re able to move forward, assessed by Culp and Brzovic. which is just so awesome,” Brzovic said. “The ensemble auditions were coming in Solo and ensemble auditions were held a and doing group numbers that we were few weeks prior to rehearsals. taught, we clump together in smaller groups Solo audition consists of auditionees and perform them for Culp and she kind of performing a prepared piece from the analyzed our dancing and assessed where Broadway repertoire. we were at,” said sophomore Midori Brown.

“There’s a whole bunch of different aspects to it, there’s: partner dancing, solo dancing, group dancing,” sophomore Cassie Stires said. The cast consists of students from Drama class who have been a part of various plays and musicals at the school, as well as students who have never taken drama. “For those students who do not have experience already, we’re doing some big company numbers so that kids who are interested have an opportunity to participate something,” Brzovic said. “I really like doing ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ from ‘Hairspray,’” sophomore Emily Davidson said. Several alumni are coming back for the showcase, including: Karin Redden, Ryan Woodyard, and Kaitlin Martin. For an unexpected surprise, one of the actors will be seen cross-dressing to play the part of Edna Turnblad from “Hairspray,” mother of Tracy Turnblad.

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A guitar, a banjo, and a ukulele strum it to the top

Left: Junior Katy Bodnar sings her original song, “Curiosity,” to the starstruck audience for the annual talent show on April 12. Her unique way of music entranced the crowd instantly and left a standing ovation in her wake as she went backstage to join the other contestants. Above left: Junior Calvin Martin opens the night and impresses the crowd with his unusual skill of playing the banjo perfectly to his cover of the song, “One Line Wonder,” by The Avett Brothers, allowing the upbeat song to flow through the crowd and wake them up for the amazing night to come. Above right: Junior Alyssa Haynes captures the crowd’s attention with her slow song of a friend or family member that had passed away with sophomore Larkyn Pope and junior Tauren Kure singing in the background to enhance her singing talent to an even higher level.

15 talented acts of singing, dancing, and playing instruments fill a night with amazing skills, advancing Bodnar, Martin, and Haynes to the Interhigh Talent Show in which the top three performers from every school in the district will be participating Story by Shannon Beaumont Photos by Huyen Le Hawkeye staff

The MTHS theater audience filled up quickly April 12, 2013 to watch 15 skillful acts in the annual talent show hosted by juniors Myles Stillwaugh and Monika Young. With a few jokes to warm up the crowd, Stillwaugh and Young introduced the judges: orchestra director, Jennifer Schillen; MTHS student advocate, Ashley Johnson; trumpet player, Patrick West; Brier Terrace Middle School councelor, Hanaphi Sos; and MTHS alumnus Joe Muriekes. Junior Calvin Martin introduced the night with a fun performance of playing his banjo and singing “One Line Wonder” by The Avett Brothers.

Following Martin was sophomore Larkyn Pope changing genres of music to a slower beat with her song choice of “On The Radio” by Donna Summer, showing off her ability to change octaves smoothly. Sophomores Dylan Tuju and Andy Phung took to the stage next, Tuju with his violin and Phung with his viola to play a duet of FUN’s “We Are Young” that they learned by ear. Junior Megan Bruce was brought to the stage next to sing Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man,” but twisted the lyrics to make the song from the girl’s point of view. Sonja Head, her guitar, and Emily Thorpe, seniors, were next to perform for the audience, singing Hunter Hayes’ “Wanted.” Changing the pattern, junior Katie-Beth

Higgins was next on stage to perform an The final performance of the night was Irish Dance that took her all around the junior Alyssa Haynes with her ukulele stage silently and gracefully. and back up singers, earlier act, Pope, and Sisters, Hailey and Kaitlyn Martin fol- junior, Tauren Kure. Haynes performed lowed Higgins with Hailey singing her an original song, “Without You,” reaching own version of “The Boxer” by Simon and out to the audience by dedicating the song Garfunkel with her sister accompanying to all those who have lost someone before. her on the guitar. “I grew up listening to “Everyone was unique in their own way, [the song] and I’ve always loved it,” Hailey and it was actually kind of fun this year expresses about the song she chose. because you had a couple different styles of Junior Katy Bodnar concluded Act One stuff. Because see, some years, there can be with her guitar and an a lot of singing, but then impressive original song there was like the violin“Everyone was unique “Curiosity,” that brought ists, and the dancers, and in their own way, and it a standing ovation. there was so many differwas actually kind of fun Opening Act Two was ent instruments played, this year because you junior Jocelyn Princesa and it was fun seeing the had a couple different singing Maroon 5’s variety,” said Hailey. styles of stuff.” “Better That We Break” The five judges left the Hailey Martin with Calvin Martin auditorium to deliberate Junior reappearing as the piano the three winners of the player for Princesa’s slow night, leaving the stage to song. the MTHS band Contempo, entertaining Following Princesa was freshman Krista the crowd for the time being with a unique Whited singing “The Prayer” from the song with a solo for each instrument. Celtic Woman, changing the style of music After Contempo’s performance, the conto a lullaby feel. testants were brought back to the stage and Next on stage was freshman Jeremiah the judges reentered the theater, bringing Leben singing and playing electric guitar the audience to the edge of their seats with to the song “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van anticipation. Morrison. The upbeat song brought snaps Stillwaugh and Young produced the to the beat throughout the audience. trophies, including the audience as they Senior Serena Hohenstein was next to handed the third place trophy to Haynes, impress the judges and audience with an Pope, and Kure; the second place trophy to impressive act of singing and tap dancing Calvin Martin; and the first place trophy to the song “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” to Bodnar. by Frank Sinatra. “All of them were really good. Katy, of Singing a mash up of three of The Script’s course she’d make it through, she’s absosongs, senior Phong Bach easily changed lutely fantastic,” said Hailey. songs without much notice or any pause. The three winners advance to the interBringing along her ukulele, freshman high talent show taking place on Wed., Princess Taylor took to the stage to sing April 24 in the MTHS theater at 7:00. “Lullaby,” showing the audience the skill that a lifetime of ukulele playing can bring.

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Losing 11 senior varsity baseball players is no easy challenge from which to recover, and MTHS head baseball coach Andrew Watters would certainly agree. “It’s been a really tough year,” Watters said, “they’ve (the 2012 seniors) been hard to replace, but we’re plugging along.” That is, the Hawks have been plugging along at a current 4-8 overall record and a 2-7 WesCo 3A South record, a tremendous disappointment compared to last year’s overall record of 14-9. The Hawks have a long road ahead of them if they want to reach the playoffs. In addition to nursing the loss of last year’s seniors, the Hawks are forced to make new additions to the roster of a team with just six remaining seniors. Players also agree that they do not have the luxury of making mistakes. The league has also undergone a recent rule change where teams play a series of three games against each opposing divisional team. Watters explains that, “It’s just tough because we’ve played two of the top teams in the region in the last seven games, and then we played the number one team from the north. You might have a string of games like that.” Regarding something that the Hawks can control, the team is working to improve their field play and, “fixing the little mistakes and [improving] team chemistry,” sophomore P/IF Jason Shevenko said. Three-year veteran P/1B/OF Dominic DeMiero, a junior, agrees, “I’ve [also] come off a pretty bad concussion during

The Hawks’ starting pitcher Dominic DeMiero slides home safely under the tag of Shorewood’s catcher Jacob Bockelie in last Friday’s home game. The T-Birds – ranked No. 1 in the state among 3A teams – swept the three-game series.

basketball season, so I’ve been trying to come back and strengthen myself after being out for two months.” The Hawks will need to recover quickly if they are to regain their prominence in the WesCo South Conference once again. Currently, they stand in fourth place behind Shorewood, Meadowdale and Glacier Peak. The team’s 4-8 record at the moment suggests a year of

rebuilding, but their playoff hopes are not gone yet. “If you look at our record, it comes down to the fact that we need to defend better. We need to pitch and defend better to [reach the playoffs],” Watters said. Despite the team’s early performance and standings, DeMiero said, “It doesn’t matter how you start, but how you finish.”

Wheeler makes waves at Paralympics By Anthony Markert

one arm and no legs. Through this struggle, she has found a sport that she is fond of and also very sucMany students may have hung out with friends, cessful at. “I’ve been in the water since I was 8 months done homework, or even went on a family vacation over spring break. old, and I’ve been swimming competitively for five Meanwhile, Kayla Wheeler was swimming in years,” Wheeler said. Minneapolis for the U.S. Paralympic Wheeler came home with some seri“I’ve been CAN-AM Nationals and World ous hardware, receiving 6 medals and 4 in the water Championship Trials. trophies. In addition to her own world since I was 8 Wheeler competed in the 50 meter record, Wheeler broke five American months old, freestyle, the 50 meter butterfly and and four Pan-American records. and I’ve been the 100 meter freestyle in the S1 diviShe received “Female Swimmer of the swimming sion. According to the International Day” for all 3 days of the competition competitively and was awarded “Swim of the Meet” Paralympic Committee, there are 13 for five at the end. This award is based off of a different classes. The athletes who are years.” point system according to the World physically impaired are in the S1-S10 Kayla Wheeler ranking. classification, and those with lower clasjunior To top it all off, Wheeler made the US sifications are more severely impaired. Paralympic National Team and is comWheeler posted a 2:58.27 in the 100 freestyle and a 1:30.57 in the 50 butterfly, breaking peting in the World Championships in Montreal this her own world record. “I had my mind set on break- summer. Wheeler has made some truly outstanding accomplishments with her swimming and should ing that record,” Wheeler revealed. For those that don’t know, Wheeler was born with find an immense sense of pride in her performance. Hawkeye staff

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